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eat when you feel sad (excerpt)
by zachary german

this is the twelfth book in the bear parade series.

It is comprised of excerpts from an early draft of Zachary's debut novel, to be released February 9, 2010 by Melville House. Pre-order it here.

Zachary German was born on December 17th, 1988, at Shore Memorial Hospital, in Somers Point, NJ. He has a blog.


i like this book a lot, the party parts are funny

- tao / February 9, 2008 10:58 PM

i read this while eating a sandwich. a toasted sandwich. i enjoyed 'eat when you feel sad.' i like how Robert spends most of his time trying to take off as many clothes as possible. i didn't like how one of the pieces of bacon on my sandwich was mostly white and translucent.

- daniel / February 11, 2008 1:17 PM

this book is funny. i felt good while reading it. i was afraid to read it at first. i only read a little bit and then stopped and then came back later and read the rest of it and i didn't feel bad ever.

- m.s.s. / February 11, 2008 3:47 PM

i liked this quite a bit. i read it all in one go and felt pretty much fine. i'm going to read it again (i bookmarked it)(in my internet browser).

- jack kerns / February 11, 2008 7:54 PM

This book delves into the isolation that can plague a sensitive twenty-something, and reveals the specific books, movies, music and t.v. shows the character chooses to help him make it through the week. German's dismal psychological profile is sadly accurate in many ways.

- Susan Kirby-Smith / February 12, 2008 6:08 AM

i identified with the main character of this book.

i wasn't sure if i felt like he was cooler than me or not.

i wasn't sure how i felt about that.

i knew some of the music that he listened to.

which was sort of gratifying.

- maya / February 12, 2008 8:46 PM

usually when i read something online i feel like i want to stop reading it. i will read a sentence and force myself to read another sentence. i didn't feel this way while reading 'eat when you feel sad.' every sentence made me feel like i wanted to read the next sentence. every sentence made me feel good.

- brandon / February 12, 2008 9:54 PM

This story really enhanced the facts that I also own a MacBook, listen to music, and eat bananas in my room.

We are the same age. I keep thinking I should use the word "solidarity" in this comment. Okay, I just Googled "examples of solidarity that I can understand", but nothing came up. Then told me that it means "a love for another person so intense and unyielding that it is potentially militant."

Now I'm just not sure. I like your story.

- hey / February 14, 2008 1:32 PM

lil wayne FUCK YEAH

- blake / February 14, 2008 3:47 PM

i'm almost done reading this
it's so amusing
i wanted to give robert a hug
and you seem to like lil wayne
are you into hip hop music?

- grace / February 15, 2008 7:37 PM

i didn't actually read this whole book

reasons why:

a.) too tired

good job with the book
you are only 19 i am only 19 you are in brooklyn i am in florida

- jeffrey heart / February 16, 2008 2:19 AM

i read it a lot
i liked one sentence after another
i like american apparel underwear
after showering
i liked reading this
it felt right
i feel like i could read it
for a long time
like if it just kept going
i would keep reading it
and not stop

- colin / February 18, 2008 11:24 AM

Enjoyable read. I used to use that stuff that clumps when I had two cats so I know hardened cat feces and urine all too well.

- MD Corbin / February 18, 2008 12:46 PM

I wonder what Robert's job is. "Efficient" made me think office. I also dug the metafictional bust-out when he doesn't call the girl, and the repetition of the phrase "Broken Social Scene." Best HTML novel of 2008.

- Andrew / February 19, 2008 4:51 AM

i could relate to robert a lot. i'm in the middle of reading this for the third time and wanted to leave a blurb because i also sometimes think i can feel the oil moving on my face.

i liked more than just that. i would buy robert beer.

- megan / March 2, 2008 11:05 PM

this was great. i did feel that you
kept bringing up 'hip' bands to
distract from the otherwise generic

- sailor / March 11, 2008 8:12 PM

It made me feel like doing all the things he was doing, and that kind of made me sad, but it was good :]

- Casey / March 14, 2008 11:51 AM

This story was funny but it makes me want to leave ironic (sardonic?) comments like everyone else that's read it. That makes me feel self-conscious and uncool. I almost deleted this blurb but now I'm typing more to justify how uncomfortable I am.

- bill / March 18, 2008 7:31 PM

Drink and You Will Feel Fucking Great

only at

- The Golden Bear / March 29, 2008 1:43 PM

thank you all for your support.

farrar, straus and giroux (fsg) has picked up ewyfs, the novel (of which ewyfs the bear parade book is an excerpt sort of). it will come out summer 09.

thank you gene, tao everyone.

this is so good.

- zachary german / April 1, 2008 10:57 PM

i can definitely relate to robert.

he'll find some one.

he likes good music and organic food, which makes me really smile.

- emilee / April 3, 2008 3:39 PM

I truly love this, it's a work of art
that is so surgically precise with
its words that it cuts like a
scalpel to the heart of the reader.

It's effortless to believe in Robert,
It's effortless to sympathize with
and love Robert, and it's effortless
to feel moved by this quiet,
unassuming story.

You must understand, I did not simply
feel entertained or pleasured by your
work, but actually as if my life had
been enhanced some by having
experienced it. That might sound like
grandiose flattery, but I'm quite
serious. Thank you very much, I hope
you can make the best of your
beautiful talent.

- Michael Wells / April 3, 2008 4:00 PM

I haven't read his book, but I feel like it's okay to say that I'm glad I'm about to read it.

- Philip Watts / April 18, 2008 4:19 PM

zachary german looks like conor oberst.

- dan / June 11, 2008 1:30 PM

I read this alone in a room tonight after I applied for a grocery store job online and it took two hours because I had to do it twice and my application got ‘screwed up’ somehow and I couldn’t finish it and I have two college degrees and I just moved back with my parents and I read this book on my sister’s laptop because my computer is fucked.

I liked it and I actually cried real tears while reading.

“He looks out the window for three hours and fifteen minutes and then he takes a shower and then he puts on different clothes and then he rides his bike to work.”

I like this sentence a lot. It made me feel like I just looked out a window for three hours and fifteen minutes.

I laughed out loud four or five times. Good job. I will read this again when I am sad and need something.

My sister has an old version of Internet Explorer and it cut off the text at the bottom like eight times so I actually did not read all of this.

I will read this again so I can read the bottoms of the pages and the rest of it when I am at the library in a couple days or maybe tomorrow

- chris / June 13, 2008 8:45 PM

i am sorry for not testing the book on the old internet explorer.

- gene / June 13, 2008 10:58 PM


- sbh / October 31, 2008 6:31 PM

I would like to know more about what happens to Robert next. I really care for him.

- gravity / November 30, 2008 5:33 PM

[in thirty years:] i read the new york times. I vomited. I live in greece.

- i like this book. / December 14, 2008 1:49 AM

I don't know how I got here, but I read it. It made me feel sad. I have heard all of the music and read all of the books and done all of the things and felt all of the emotions from the story. That makes me feel lonely and insignificant and like I was tricked.

- kc / March 23, 2009 1:25 AM

i think this should be inscribed on the side of a satellite and sent into space.

- josh / April 2, 2009 11:41 PM

i wish i had a life too

- katherine / January 21, 2010 10:07 PM

i couldn't stop reading. such a compelling view of what a meaningless life is like - just bland, simple, confusing.

- skillz / January 25, 2010 11:41 PM

i really like your stuff.
i cat wait to read the next one.


"The Blow. The percussion makes him feel okay. They lyrics remind him that he will meet some"

They (their)lyrics...

not trying to be any kind of stickler- just thought because you had it posted you might want to change it.

Cheers and tables,

- Elic / February 12, 2010 6:04 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed this, I feel as if I know how Robert feels, to find his own place, to find acceptance/ company. I'm glad I read this, it makes me feel better...

- del / May 12, 2010 7:57 AM

hot, hot, hot.

- mikae / January 6, 2011 4:02 AM